Saturday, January 13, 2007

Response to coating question-

Hi may I inquire what types of sealants you suggest would be good to use on the shrink plastic and metal for that matter that would make them waterproof? Thank You J.Myers
Sat Jan 13, 10:35:00 PM PST

RESPONSE- By, Amber Dawn
I suggest Diamond Glaze, for most metals other than brass (I have not yet tried it on copper)
Brass will turn the Diamond Glaze a greenish blue, and everything that it is adhering to the metal will become blue green as well.
For Brass, I use triple thick glaze from Krylon and Delta.
They both work well. Most spray glosses work well with metals.
Shrink plastic does not need a sealer if you use alcohol based inks and solvent inks on it. YOU MUST USE AMPLE VENTILATION!!!! When baking solvent and alcohol inks in the toaster oven!
Do NOT use your home food oven for this EVER!
If you are using INK jet shrink plastic sheets, you will need to seal the printed side of the plastic so that the image does not run as it will not be water proof once baked.
*I* reverse my images so that the printed side becomes the back side, and then my image can be seen through the smooth plastic. It is almost like looking at glass!
Depending on your printer/ink-
I use BRUSH ON glosses, and PAINT to seal it.
Use light coats and build up gradually. do not rub the brush too hard on the inked side.
It will distort it, causing the ink to run, or seperate from the sheet of plastic.
If you Spray it with a gloss, use a little bit at a time to make sure it does not cause the ink to run.
Do it in layers, allowing each later to dry WELL.
ALWAYS TEST a piece before doing a whole batch!
Make a test scrap piece for each type of coating so that you can see which one you prefer, and which one hold up to your testing!

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